TIL That in the late 1780's, an Irishman met an impressive performing bear while travelling France. When the bears owner prodded him with a stick, the bear shouted something in Irish, which led to the discovery that the performing bear was actually another Irishman who had been sown into the suit.

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Qualify Save


Meaning: to limit


Ensure Save


Meaning: to guarantee or make certain


Paradigm Save


Meaning: a model, example, or pattern


Unfettered Save


Meaning: not tied down


Daunt Save


Meaning: to cow or dismay


Essay Save


Meaning: to test or try


Vitality Save


Meaning: vigor


Subjective Save


Meaning: not objective


Articulate Save


Meaning: well spoken


Anomaly Save


Meaning: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule


Pristine Save


Meaning: pure


Cultured Save


Meaning: possessing education, refinement and taste


Vital Save


Meaning: essential for or relating to life


Plasticity Save


Meaning: pliability


Extend Save


Meaning: to lengthen or stretch out


Convention Save


Meaning: a generally agreed upon practice or attitude


Engender Save


Meaning: to cause


Diffuse Save


Meaning: dispersed or scattered


Encomium Save


Meaning: glowing and enthusiastic praise


Guy Save


Meaning: a cord or cable used to steady or guide something


Personable Save


Meaning: pleasing in appearance


Sever Save


Meaning: to remove or separate by cutting off


Plastic Save


Meaning: moldable


Indifferent Save


Meaning: having no interest or concern


Insular Save


Meaning: parochial


Regale Save


Meaning: to delight or entertain


Inherent Save


Meaning: ingrained within one’s nature


Dogmatic Save


Meaning: stubbornly opinionated


French Studies: three paradigmsIf we consider the evolution of French studies, there has been a fundamental shift at different times and at different speeds in different places from the nation state paradigm to the global paradigm.
This will eventually result in the promotion of Francophonie – a celebration of the presence of the French language...

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